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With calm water surrounding picturesque Port Townsend on 3 sides, there's no better place to cast off your anchors and embark on your very own maritime adventure. Port Townsend was a busy Victorian harbor in its heyday, and its streets drip with old-time charm thanks to the historic wooden buildings that line them. Spend lazy afternoons watching the masts of grand sailing boats rippling in the wind, or simply sit back and tour downtown in a horse-drawn carriage. Varied events add a splash of color and eccentricity to Port Townsend life, with the Kinetic Sculpture Race proving to be an annual highlight. The festival sees hundreds of Wacky Races-style amphibious contraptions parading through the streets, before the drivers cross their fingers and head out into the waves.

Things to see

Pretty white lighthouses, and weathered lumps of driftwood, dot the shoreline along Fort Worden State Park, which is an idyllic spot for an afternoon walk. The moody rhythm of the breaking waves provides a meditative soundtrack, as you explore the concrete barracks and wooden houses left behind. For a longer hike, venture out to the glowing natural colors of Olympic National Park. The snow-capped mountains frame scenes of incredibly beauty - like sky-blue lakes of glacial melt water, tightly hugged by thick forestry. The varied park also gives you chance to spot apple-red wildflowers in hidden meadows, and sit back to admire the Pacific coastline at its most brooding, watching as waves shatter against jagged offshore rocks. The water around Port Townsend is much calmer, making both Port Hudson and Boat Haven ideal for launching your own vessel. Hire an instructor to teach you the ropes of sailing, and you'll soon be proudly cruising over the waves - with sleek kayaks, puffing steamboats and elegant yachts for company.

Hotels in Port Townsend

Stay in Port Townsend to wake to the sight of rippling blue sea, and the sound of harbor seals playfully barking each morning. The luxury hotels in Port Townsend make full use of their spectacular coastal setting, giving you the chance to soak in views of distant mountain ranges, as you sit in muscle-soothing hot tubs, and relax on balconies with glasses of cool orange juice in hand. The town's modern hotels provide all the basics – like quick WiFi connections, cable television, and free breakfasts - but the turn-of-the-century options are just as tempting, and ooze with an authentic Victorian character.

Where to stay

Stay on Water Street to enjoy waterfront strolls at sunset, watching as sailboats are gently lifted by amber-tinted waves. The easygoing nature, and serene beauty of Port Townsend means it's an artist magnet, and the Centrum Organization arranges everything from poetry readings to swirling recitals of world music. Sunny Sequim is another popular accommodation choice, because its high quality hotels enjoy a sheltered microclimate – sitting in the foothills of the mountains. You'll know you're close to Sequim when you begin spotting the purple fields its pleasant climate fosters, and smelling the perfume of lavender on the warm breeze.

How to get to Port Townsend

Fittingly, for a town with water so deeply engrained in its DNA, the best way to arrive is by ferry. Boats from Seattle take around 2 hours to sail to Port Townsend, and treat you to breathtaking views of the Olympic Peninsula and Cascade Mountains along the way. The journey is just as spectacular by road, however, and the scenic highways 101 and 104 will lead you here in no time. Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is the nearest major airport, and it takes no more than 2 hours to drive around to Port Townsend from the terminal.

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